Since the debut of Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has seen great success in bringing comic book characters to life on the silver screen. But with over ten years of character build up, can the Russo Brothers deliver a successful payoff? What can we expect from the movie itself?
Honestly, not much. At least from my initial reaction.
Whether it is superhero fatigue or the declining quality of the films themselves, this writer has not been excited for a comic book movie in a long time. Despite the continued success and the rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, the most recent Marvel films have not resonated well and I seem to be the only one who feels this way.
Not because the movies themselves are inherently bad per se, but because the genre itself is not elevating itself to the next level. At the core, they’re family friendly popcorn movies where you take your kids on a Sunday evening. I get it. What I mean is, there are no stakes left in the comic book universe. Even Disney’s Frozen took a different route with the love interest plot and focused more on the sisterly bond. There is no reason why after TEN years the big brains at Disney/Marvel couldn’t come up with a new formula to the tired superhero storyline.
Fortunately, with the nature of the comic book source material that this movie is based on, there is a high chance that the MCU will be turned upside down. The Infinity Gauntlet is a slaughter fest where the superheroes are massacred by the might of a truly threatening villain in Thanos. The stakes have never been higher and I truly hope Marvel sticks to their guns and produces a movie worthy of the hype it has generated thus far. I want to see heroes get crushed, all hope lost. I want to see a darker side of Marvel and this movie is the best chance of that happening.
To be more specific, in the Infinity Gauntlet comic book, Thanos succeeds in wiping out half of humanity with a simple snap of his fingers (see what I did there?) and with that causes the superhero community to take arms in an attempt to stop him. He does so in order to court and win the love of Mistress Death, the actual physical embodiment of the concept of death itself. Ironically, even with his omnipotent powers he fails to attain her affections and one by one the Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the rest of the heroes fall by the wayside.
But the biggest question is: who will die in this rendition? From the previews shown and the storyline in the comic, it appears Captain America makes the most impactful last stand as depicted in the panel above. However, this being the MCU and the fact that Robert Downey Jr. is the hugest draw to the franchise, this writer believes that Tony Stark aka Iron Man will be one member of the Avengers to die in Infinity War. Other than that, it's reasonable to assume that at least one member from Guardians of the Galaxy and it comes down between Gamora or Drax. Gamora has the biggest tie to Thanos, while Drax is a heavy hitter who doesn't bring much to the table considering the Avengers already have a Hulk. Vision, who possesses an Infinity Stone will also likely be defeated and destroyed, likely to be revived via a different source or some new Stark Tech.
People who are sure to survive include: Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Captain Marvel, due to them being the next "Big Three" in terms of MCU phases. Obviously, a majority of the Guardians must survive since Star-Lord and the rest are big players who still need a third movie to complete their saga. The same applies to Nebula, who in the comics played a substantial role.
Who do you think will survive? Hopefully Captain America because he is the glue that holds the Avengers together in much the same way Superman acts as the heart and soul of the Justice League. Only time will tell.
Avengers Infinity War hits theaters earlier on April 27, 2018.